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Ever wondered about turning your fruit into jam?  Ever dreamed about making gourmet ready-to-eat meals with your pork?

Take the free OMAFRA course, Exploring Value Added Opportunities, to learn whether adding value to your products and services is right for your business.

Course Description

Participants will learn how to generate ideas for value-added opportunities, assess an idea’s business potential, identify and manage risk and develop a plan to execute their idea.

Course Dates and Times

The course is being delivered through three, one-hour interactive webinars.  These sessions are taking place on February 24, March 3, and March 10 (all Tuesdays) from 12-1pm.  To participate in this free learning opportunity, you will need Internet and phone access.  Pre-registration is also required.

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Good biosecurity is the best way to keep PED out of your barn. Transporters and producers should review their transport biosecurity protocols in light of a new case of PED being diagnosed.   Two good resources are ColdWeatherTrailerDisinfection.pdf and Truck Wash Video LinkMore Transportation Biosecurity Information

Reprinted from an OPIC December 11, 2014 E-Notice:

A new PED case was diagnosed in Ontario Dec 8, 2014. The case was diagnosed at an all in/all out finishing barn in Oxford County. This case is related to the Niagara case diagnosed December 2nd. The producer and his veterinarian immediately implemented a control and elimination plan for the farm and have arranged for orderly marketing to reduce risks to the industry. They are participating in the OSHAB PED ARC&E and have notified key service providers.

The PEDV infection in this barn was introduced from a PEDV contaminated trailer. Earlier in the day, a cleaned and disinfected trailer picked up market hogs at another finisher barn within this production system in the Niagara area. After delivering market hogs to the processing plant, the back end of the trailer was scraped forward into the belly and the rear compartment was disinfected. This scraped and disinfected trailer was then used to pick up an additional load of market hogs at this barn in Oxford County. The Niagara area barn was diagnosed with PED the next day. There are no other related sites with suspect signs and all related sites has tested negative. The production system is assessing risk reduction transportation strategies.

Please review your biosecurity procedures on farm and consider your transport protocols.

Our thanks to the producer for his rapid response and transparency as we work together as an industry to control and eliminate PED cases in Ontario this fall and winter.

Lori Moser
OPIC/OSHAB/OPC Managing Director
Cell 519-577-6742 (OPIC)
Home office 519-684-6805
Fax 519-272-2215

 

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As a new case of PED is reported in Ontario, now is a good time to review your biosecurity procedures. Visit Ontario.ca/swine for a listing of biosecurity resources. door sign cropped

Reposted from Ontario Pork Industry Council E-Notice:

PED Notice December 6, 2014

A new PED case was diagnosed in Ontario Dec 2, 2014. The case was diagnosed at an all in/all out finishing barn in the Niagara region. The producer and his veterinarian have developed a control and elimination plan for the farm, are participating in the OSHAB PED ARC&E and have notified key service providers.

Please review your biosecurity procedures on farm.

Our thanks to the producer for his rapid response and transparency as we work together as an industry to control and eliminate PED cases in Ontario this fall and winter.

• The Ontario Base Market Hog Price is averaging $182.33ckg, 100 index, up by $0.55/ckg from last week’s average due to a weaker Canadian dollar which is down 0.48 cents to 87.96 cents. The CME Constructed weekly average price of US$88.60/cwt. is down US$0.21/cwt. from last week.
• The USDA Pork Cut-out Value is averaging US$92.68/cwt. which is down US$0.20/cwt. from last week’s average with loins, bellies and ribs up and the other 3 primals down.
• US slaughter has averaged 2,152,243 the last three weeks but remains 4.3% below last year for the same weeks. Dressed weights moved to a 212 average which is 2 pounds above the same week last year.
• Ontario market hog sales year to date continue to be up 2.5% over last year. First quarter sales were up 2%, second quarter up 5% and third quarter is up 2.8%. Fourth quarter sales to-date are slightly under with last year. The weekly average dressed weight continues to be above 102 kg.
• Current daily movement in the pork cut-out, narrower packer margins, cash price and nearby futures along with the expected seasonal trends, indicate next week’s price movement will be sideways.

Daily Prices for Wednesday December 3
• Ontario Base Market Hog Price – C$182.68ckg, 100 index
• CME Constructed Price – US$88.74/cwt.
• Noon-Hour Bank of Canada Canadian Dollar value – 87.93 cents

The October Swine Budgets are now available on the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs website.

 

34th Annual Centralia Swine Research Update

Dr. Lisa Becton, Director of Swine Health Information and Research with the US National Pork Board will address “Preparing for the Next Emerging Disease/Lessons Learned from PED”, and provide an update on PED research.

Centralia 2015 logo smallWednesday, January 28th, 2015, Kirkton-Woodham Community Centre, Registration at 9:15am, Program 9:50-3:30pm.

There are also many other topics on the program including enrichment for pigs, pain control, iron requirements of piglets, and more. And even more in written reports included in the Proceedings. Registration is $20 for producers and students ($40 for industry) and includes refreshments and a hot lunch. Registration is required by January 23rd, 2015.

The full program and flyer with registration information have just been posted at www.centraliaswineresearch.ca. Thirteen years of past Proceedings are available on the website.

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